In which things go to pot

Life around home

For Christmas he bought me an Instant Pot An instant best husband of the year pot And my delight has been, in ongoing ways, unbounded For Christmas I bought him Or rather, we bought us The game of Catan An instant route to all manner of marital stress and difficulty   So that was pretty […]

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Merry Christmas

Celebrations

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! May your day and your season be blessed. Shari

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Winners: Thirty Little Fingers

Literature

Dear people, Thank you for joining the giveaway for Sheila Petre’s book Thirty Little Fingers! It’s awfully fun having more than one winner – we have five to announce! But I’m going to wait as long as possible to tell you who they are {grin}. First, you asked for a picture of Sheila, and here […]

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On the first day of vacation

Life around home

1. On the first day of vacation, My child said to me Mom, there’s cat poop all over the porch. 2. On the first day of vacation, My child said to me I thought it was just leaves and There’s cat poop all over the porch.   3. On the first day of vacation, My […]

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Our nativities

Celebrations

Confession: I was going to entitle this post “Our Favorite Nativities,” but realized just in time I’ve never met a nativity that wasn’t my favorite. One of my goals at Christmastime is to put Baby Jesus into my children’s hands in as many ways as I can. Over the years he has played hide-and-seek with […]

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The Almost-Giveaway: Thirty Little Fingers


Literature

There. Now that you’ve met The Real Sheila J. Petre, let’s talk a little more about her book. Thirty Little Fingers: Seasons of Young Motherhood is a charming mixture-book, as if Sheila gathered up her best concoctions – the tastiest reserved morsels and most delicious literary crumbs – and sandwiched them all between its covers. […]

December 15, 2017

A plain and joyful face: in which we meet Sheila Petre


Literature

Sheila J. Petre is one of my favorite Anabaptist writers. She has a delightful way with words, she’s human and fallible, and she’s shockingly funny. Sheila lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Michael and their seven children ages ten and under. In addition to nurturing these favorite people, she gardens, writes, laughs, hosts foreign exchange […]

December 14, 2017

My cheeky request


Celebrations

One of the highlights of my December is the Christmas photos that find their way to our mailbox. I have no font big and bold enough to say how much I LOVE these warm-hearted gifts. I pore over them, checking how much all the kiddos grew since last year, making sure I know everybody’s name, […]

December 5, 2017

Fragrant Whiffs of Joy giveaway result


Literature

Well, that was a long week. Some of you kept saying “Is it too late to enter?” and I thought Friday took its good old time coming… Thanks to everyone who joined the whimsical side of the giveaway! We have a winner! Congratulations to Betty Yoder, who will soon receive a free copy of Fragrant […]

December 1, 2017

Advent activities 2017


Celebrations

Most years at Christmastime, I enjoy putting together an Advent calendar for my family. The calendar varies from year to year – sometimes I focus on quiet reflection and sometimes on lively activity; sometimes I hang the activities in a long paper chain, or make a poster with flaps that open. I try to create a […]

November 30, 2017

Reminder on September Farm coupon


Food

Just a quick reminder that today is your final chance to use the September Farm coupon for 20% off a one-time order, using the coupon code CONFESSIONS20. September Farm has another promotion running, expiring tomorrow, offering a $10 gift card free of charge with a purchase of $50 or more. CONFESSIONS20 coupon expires at midnight. […]

November 29, 2017